Purchasers seek top genetics

VOLUME BUYER: Woodville Poll Dorset stud principal Warwick Doolan (right), Deniliquin, bought 10 stud ewes to a top of $1300, with stud advisor Peter Braybon, Tocumwal, (left) Sam Armstrong Armdale and Armdale Park, Marrar.THE heat didn’t deter buyers at last Friday’s Armdale and Armdale Park Poll Dorset sale, as they competed heavily to either build numbers or chase quality at the top-end to add to their flocks.
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It was only a small crowd of buyers, but one with intent as 82 of 103 stud ewes sold to a top of $1300 across 12 individual buyers, while all 70 rams cleared to 11 buyers, paying to a top of $1800 and averaging $1124.

There were two top-priced ewes making $1300, with the first, a six- year-old Armdale Dam 340-11, who bred a stud ram that sold to Hillden stud for $7000.

And it was purchased over the phone by P. Flanagan, Ballarat, Victoria, through Gordon Close, Finley.

The second was a two-year-old Armdale ewe 463-15, bought by Warwick Doolan, Woodville Poll Dorsets, Deniliquin, in a draft of 10 ewes that averaged $780.

Mr Doolan recently bought the Woodville stud from Peter Braybon, Tocumwal, and used his services at the sale to help secure the top stud ewes to add to his flock.

Mr Doolan said he was chasing the top-end quality from the sale and liked the breeding in the Armdale and Armdale Park bloodlines, taking home five of the young and five of the older ewes to join his 200 stud ewes at home.

The Cooper family, Marulan, settled in to buy mainly the double pens of ewes and landed 11 in total to a top of $550, averaging $432.

While A and L Moloney, Taralga, paid to $750 on three occasions for a draft of nine ewes, averaging $633. Rounding out the ewe sale was Adam Twyford, “Brawlin”, Cootamundra, loading 14 ewes for a $514 average.

While the Craig Partnership, Cowra, averaged$450 for six, Morray Pty Ltd, Yerong Creek, averaged $720 for five and G.K. and J Davey, Kerang, Vic, took five at $420.

All 70 flock rams were sold to a small contingent of buyers headed up by D.J. and K.N. Woods, “Church Farm”, Young, paying to $1800 to top the ram draft, followed by the Dennis Family Trust, “Maroubra Park”, Collingullie, who paid nine rams at $1478.

The Milson Family Pty Ltd, “Cardross”, Goulburn, played at the top-end buying five at $1575.

And R.M. and R.A. McGoech, “Brantford”, Borambola, took a truck load home with 21 rams averaging $1152 and Carwoola Pastoral Company, Carwoola, bought seven at $1143.

Rounding out the flock ram draft was Gundary Pastoral Company, Wagga, purchased 10 at $1040 and Kinvarra Pastoral Company, “Kinvarra”, The Rock, snapped up six at $1200.

The sale was conducted by Elders and Landmark with Steve Ridley and Peter Cabot as the auctioneers.

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